' This paper is an abndgment and modification of a dissertation submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the Ph D degree at Columbia University, 1960 1 am grateful to Professor Richard Chnstie, my sponsor, for his help dunng the entire study, to the many mdividuals who helped make available the samides used, and above all to my late wife Janet Anzel Budner for her invaluable support and help TWs study was completed m the course of research related to personahty vanables affectmg the performance of medical school students under a grant-m-aid from the Commonwealth Fund to the Bureau of Applied Social Research at Columbia University It may be identified as Publication N o A319 of the Bureau of Apphed Social Research. A segment of this paper was read at the 19S9 meeting of the A P A STANLEY BUDNBR further clarification the nature of "ambiguous bituations," and the meaning of "to perceive as sources of threat" An ambiguous situation may be defined as one which cannot be adequately structured or categonzed by the individual because of the lack of sufficient cues It IS possible to identify three such situations a completely new situation m which there
Journal of Personality – Wiley
Published: Jan 1, 1962
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